Tell the story (As shared by Donald Burns): There was a man who sees another man with a ticket to heaven, and the man demanded a portion of his ticket. (At the open end of the paper, cut a piece off, bottom to top, and hand it to the demanding man.) So the man gave him a piece of his ticket. The demanding man decided that if he had just a little more of the ticket, he would receive more rewards in Heaven. (At the open end, bottom to top, cut off another piece and give it to him.) The demanding man with the pieces of the ticket went before God and presented it to him. God said, "This ticket shows me that you are not my son." (Use the cut pieces to spell out 'hell'.) Then, the man who gave the pieces away, presented his ticket to God. (Unfold the large paper to reveal the cross.) God said to him, "This shows that you are my son. Welcome to Heaven!"
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Jesus suffered and sacrificed himself on the cross for our sins. He offers us the only way to heaven. Do you have your ticket?
Editor's Note: This story illustrates that we cannot get to heaven on our own merits, or anyone else's for that matter. Being born into a "Christian" home, knowing the right people, or behaving a certain way, doesn't get you to heaven. Only Jesus has the power to cleanse us of our sins and make us presentable to God.
Read Ephesians 2:8-10.
Read John 3:16.
Ask God to help you follow him. Read his Word daily so you will grow in wisdom and knowledge. A good place to begin reading the Bible is the Gospel of John or the book of Romans.
*Sinner means, one who misses the mark of perfection. God cannot have imperfection in his perfect presence. He provided our rescue!
Alternative Folding Cross Sermon | by Jan Rowan
What can you do with the folded cross? Gift to someone, for yourself, better yet, memorize folding the cross and use it as a witnessing tool. One idea is to tell a story as you do the folding.
Simple short story:
(As you tell the story slowly start folding the sheet of paper you are going to use to make the cross. Pause while you are talking to make them interested in the story and in what you are doing with your hands.)
"I once heard about this man who could teach and do many wonderful things. Many people liked him, but many didn't. They accused him of saying and doing things that could get him put to death.
One day they decided they would bring him to trial. They got several people to lie to the courts, and the authorities believed them. They took this man and beat him badly. Yet he never said a word in his own defense.
They made him walk a long way, carrying his own death tool. They hammered nails into his wrist and feet, then left him there to die.
Many people called him LORD, but his name was Jesus. (Begin to re-fold the cross as you continue the story.)
He died accused, alone, and in great pain for something he didn't do.
They buried him in a cave sealing it with a huge stone. When some women came to pay their respect, the cave was empty. No body! No nothing! A couple of the women ran to tell their friends what they found. One of the women stayed there and was crying. Someone asked her why she was weeping. She said, 'They have taken my LORD and I don't know where they have taken him.' This person said, 'He is not here. HE has risen, as he said he would do. Go and tell his followers.'
I know you know who this Jesus is. I too am one of his followers and I am here to tell you that JESUS loves me and died for me. He took all that I have done wrong against God upon Himself. Yes he died for me. But he did not stay dead. He rose up from that grave and LIVES!
He lives inside of me.
He wants to live inside of you too.
Do you believe he died for me?
I tell you He died for you too!
He loves you and wants to come into you.
Thank Him for what he did for you and ask Him to come into your life and you will never be the same.
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